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Statement: Nebraska Sees New Historic Lows for Child Poverty Rate

Despite progress, significant disparities remain for Nebraska’s children of color Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released new data from the American Community Survey that provide state and local data on child poverty. The data show good news with the percent of children in Nebraska living in poverty falling 1.2 percentage…...

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PRESS RELEASE: Nebraskans Aim to Lower Payday Lending Interest Rates from 404% to 36%

For Immediate Release September 13, 2019 Nebraskans Aim to Lower Payday Lending Interest Rates from 404% to 36% 2020 Ballot proposal would end predatory payday lending practices LINCOLN, NEBRASKA – A group of Nebraskans filed a ballot measure today that would lower annual interest rates on predatory payday loans to…...

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Spotlight Series: Education Rights Counsel

On October 4, Voices for Children in Nebraska will honor those who have made an exceptional impact in ensuring Nebraska is the best place to be a kid. Over the next several weeks, we will highlight the 2019 Spotlight Gala honorees. We continue the series today with our Youth Group…...

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Spotlight Series: James Moseman

On October 4, Voices for Children in Nebraska will honor those who have made an exceptional impact in ensuring Nebraska is the best place to be a kid. We continue the Spotlight Series today with our Youth Award winner, James Moseman. James Moseman’s passion for youth voice and representation grew…...

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Spotlight Series: Brenda Council

On October 4, Voices for Children in Nebraska will honor those who have made an exceptional impact in ensuring Nebraska is the best place to be a kid. Over the next several weeks, we will highlight the 2019 Spotlight Gala honorees. We’ll begin the series today with our Champion for…...

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Statement on Ongoing Crisis Situation at YRTC-Geneva

Omaha, NE – Juliet Summers, Policy Coordinator for Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice at Voices for Children in Nebraska, and Christine Henningsen, Director of Nebraska Youth Advocates, and Scout Richters, legal and policy counsel at the ACLU of Nebraska, issued the following statements today regarding the news that the entire…...

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New Federal Rule Would Increase Child Hunger in Nebraska

Last month, the Trump administration announced a new proposed rule that would take away food assistance from working families who are struggling to make ends meet. The proposed rule would make an estimated 3 million Americans ineligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). What the proposal doesIf adopted, the…...

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Pro-Kid Legislative Recap

The Nebraska Legislature wrapped up the 2019 session last Friday, adjourning for the year. Thank you to all who stood with us this year to ask our policymakers to put Nebraska kids first. Here’s a recap of some of our pro-kid policies this year: Victories for Kids Paid family and…...

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Paid Family Leave Helps Families and Business

This is a guest post from Hilary Dessouky, a Nebraskan who now works for Patagonia, a company that supports families by offering generous benefits like paid family leave and on-site child care Growing up in Omaha, Nebraska was pretty close to perfect.  My brother and I went to great public…...

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The Cost of Juvenile Justice: A Case Scenario Study

The juvenile justice system works to protect public safety, hold youth appropriately accountable for their crimes, and empower youth to become productive, law-abiding citizens. Best practice in juvenile justice recognizes that incarceration is contrary to the best interests and well-being of youth and emphasizes the need for effective and appropriate…...

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